Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Saddam Hussein vs US: A Quick Statistical Analysis of Civilian Death

1988. 5000 Iraqi civilians killed by chemical warfare.
1987. 50,000-100,000 civilian Kurds were killed. Genocide.
1990. Kuwait, >1000 nationals killed during the beginning of the invasion.
1991. 30,000-60,000 civilians killed for suspected revolt.
Since 1980. >10,000 political opponents in Iraq.

Average = 136,000 + or - 40,000 civilians killed by Saddam Hussein’s regime over the course of 20 years.

US War in Iraq has killed 38,000-42,000 civilians in 5 years. So far the US hasn’t killed as many cilivilians as Saddam Hussein but how many more years will this war continue?

4 comments:

Andrew said...

Of course this doesn't take into account the number of civilian deaths in Afganistan.

Jerems said...

Does this account for the number of Iranians he killed in that decade long war? Or the number of Iraqis that died? I don't think we've been at war in Iraq for 5 years.

How many assaults, rapes, tortures, and other atrocities are unaccounted for in your little analysis?

I don't think your numbers on Kuwaiti deaths are very accurate, I'm going to have to check on that.

Andrew said...

This was only an account of Iraqi civilian deaths due to Saddam Hussein and the US. I did not take into account the number of deaths due to the invasion of Kuwait or the Iran-Iraq war. The nationals that I listed from Kuwait were in Iraq or were Iraqi nationals in Kuwait as I gather. If I were to do an anaylsis of that I would have to include the numbers of deaths from the US throughout Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Central and South America, etc. Those numbers, both US and Iraqi, would be staggering to see and very difficult to determine.

And you are right the war started in 2003 so the war has really only been going on for three years. I was thinking of the invasion of Afganistan also but that shouldn't count for this post. Of course Bush claimed "Mission Accomplished" that same year (2003) but the war rages on.

jerems said...

Okay, that's a little better if you're only comparing Iraqi Nationals, but the Iran vs. Iraq War claimed an estimated 1,000,000 people. I can only assume half of these were Iraqi nationals, and died during a war perpetrated by Hussein himself. How many of those were civilians pressed into service against their own will?? Was military service optional in Iraq under Saddam Hussein??